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Blumenthal, Murphy Say State Should Be Able To Recoup Money Lost In Shutdown

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Senator Chris Murphy, Senator Richard Blumenthal (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Senator Chris Murphy, Senator Richard Blumenthal (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

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By PAT EATON-ROBB, Associated Press

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut’s U.S. Senators they believe much of the money lost to the state during the 18-day federal government shutdown can be recouped.

Democrats Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy say the state lost about $14.8 million in salary and benefits and about 1,000 jobs that were not created during the shutdown.

Blumenthal says he’s been assured that the $900,000 spent by the state to keep the Head Start program afloat in the Bridgeport-area during the shutdown will be reimbursed.

Murphy says while workers at private subcontractors who were furloughed during the shutdown won’t be paid for that time off, they likely will have the opportunity for overtime as those companies resume working to fulfill their government contracts.

Both senators say they don’t believe another shutdown is likely.

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